The holiday season is often a time of excess.
When the holidays are over, many people vow to rid themselves of those extra things, whether its clothing, unwanted gifts or out-of-date electronics.
The impending new year is one of the busiest times for Goodwill Industries, which sees donations increase across the state as residents adopt an "out with the old, in with the new" mentality.
The Goodwill on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard in Hickory received more than 150 donations Wednesday, which is twice the amount of donations the store receives on average.
Newton business owners could receive grant funds for doing the one thing everyone hopes for these days â€” creating jobs in the community.
Newton officials recently announced the city is eligible to apply for a Main Street Solutions grant, which can provide business and commercial property owners in the city up to $200,000 for job creation.
"For Newton and the whole state, job creation is probably the No. 1 priority," said Rob Powell, Newton commercial development coordinator.
Catawba County Sheriff's Office Capt. Roy Brown is retiring â€” again.
And when Brown, 62, retires Dec. 31, he'll be very cautious about where he volunteers during his second stint of retirement from a more than 30-year law enforcement career.
Volunteering five years ago at a local elementary school brought the then-retired State Bureau of Investigation agent back into law enforcement with the Catawba County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Coy Reid approached Brown in 2005 at a Webb A. Murray Elementary School volunteer book reading with a big question.
Many Americans set New Yearâ€™s resolutions to get healthier, whether it is to lose weight, quit smoking or exercise more. As you go into this New Year with a health goal in mind, here are a few tips to keep you motivated, no matter your goal.
Set small goals. By setting a small goal and being realistic about what you want to accomplish, you have a better chance of succeeding.
In the epic battle between Newton-Conover and Hickory girlsâ€™ basketball teams, round two goes to the Lady Red Devils.
Shynese Whitener scored a game-high 23 points, including four clutch free throws in the final two minutes of Wednesdayâ€™s game. The Lady Red Devils advanced to the championship game of the Catawba Valley Classic with a 68-65 win past the Tornadoes.
â€śThis win means a lot,â€ť Whitener said. â€śIt is just a game that we all love playing because it is against Hickory. It felt great to beat them on their court.
Despite trailing Fred T. Foard by 16 points heading into the fourth quarter, the Maiden boysâ€™ basketball team never stopped playing.
After scoring 13, 4, and 12 points in the previous three quarters, the Blue Devils made 15-of-16 free throws in the quarter and scored an incredible 29 points to squeeze past Fred T. Foard, 58-56.
â€śThe kids just never gave up,â€ť said Maiden coach Doug Miller. â€śThey put a lot of pressure on Foard and created a lot of turnovers.â€ť
Interstate 40 motorists waiting for a smoother drive through Catawba County will have to wait a few months longer.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation decided to delay paving on a stretch of I-40 from mile markers 146 to 130 after pavement deterioration led the department to rethink the current paving process.
Jim Julian never met Zahra Baker.
In fact, Julian, 53, of Stanfield, lives three hours away from Hickory, where Zahra lived for a few months of her brief life.
Despite the distance, Zahra's story touched Julian. He created the Zahra Clare Baker Memorial Foundation to honor Zahra's memory and help children, like her, who overcame tremendous life challenges.
"I felt like I wouldn't be much of a human being if I just swept this under the rug," he said.
Newton marks Bootsie Roberts Day
She worked for nine city managers and five different Newton mayors.
She helped create and develop Newton's first public information office position and the city's first citywide newsletter.
In the opening game of the 24th annual girls Catawba Valley Classic, the fourth-seeded Lady Tigers used aggressive defense and fast-paced offense to advance with a 55-50 win over fifth-seeded Alexander Central.
Fred T. Foard out-rebounded Alexander Central 38-34 and finished the game with 10 blocked shots as a team.
"This was a big win for us, especially considering they beat us by nine points a few weeks ago," said Tigers head coach Wendy Price. "Our intensity was better this time around, and we shot the ball better. We did a lot better defensively this time around."